Absolute monster 1970s AM radio hits

Probably not quite accurate chronologically but if you were listening to WLS AM Chicago from 1970 to 1977 or so…well, these were the songs that were drilled into my brain, anyway.

One Tin Soldier/Coven
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down/Joan Baez
Take Me Home, Country Roads/John Denver
American Pie/Don McLean
Daniel/Elton John
Killing Me Softly/Roberta Flack
Year of the Cat/Al Stewart
Sara Smile/Hall and Oates
Bohemian Rhapsody/Queen
Hotel California/Eagles
Sir Duke/Stevie Wonder

Oh, I could make it complete (yeah right) but it would be more fun to let others chime in.

FWIW, I can’t stand “Sir Duke.” It had the potential to be a great song but that 2 minute outro was over the top and ultimately made me want to smash my radio to bits. Other than that, I think many of the songs went from love to hate when overplayed…but most have made it back to love or even like in some cases. Sure, “One Tin Soldier” is righteous and lame, for instance, but I listen to that and I’m at the movies with Billy Jack! Kickin’ ass and takin’ names in a totally groovy environment!

OK, maybe not. What songs were monsters that had to be put down before they ate all the radio waves, IYHO?

Geesh, I’m having major flashbacks to being a little kid in the back of the station wagon, listening to those songs on the radio on the way to grandma’s house!

Songs I would add to the list:

Popcorn (Instrumental)/Gershon Kingsley
Music Box Dancer/Frank Mills
Knock Three Times/Tony Orlando and Dawn
One Toke over the Line/Brewer & Shipley
Silly Love Songs/Wings

Yogotta throw some Elton John in there - Daniel, or Honky Cat…

Toss in some ABBA

Daniel was mentioned in the OP.

I Write the Songs and Looks Like We Made It by Barry Manilow

Una_Paloma_Bl… No, I can’t say it, I can’t! GAAAAAHHHH :smack::smack::smack:

How did I miss Abba?

Ooh, Silly Love Songs…the only thing that is redeeming about that song is that “Let 'Em In” was worse.

How did I leave out “Band on the Run.” Talk about a monster!

“Yogotta?” :smack:

Brandy (you’re a fine girl etc…)

This thread is the equivalent of an earworm* farm*. :smiley:

American Woman, The Guess Who
War, Edwin Starr
Without You, Nilsson
Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye
The Loco-Motion, Grand Funk
Fame, David Bowie
Play That Funky Music, Wild Cherry

Ooh, yeah, the swimming pool…it always played over the loudspeaker. That and “Joy to the World” (Jeremiah was a bullfrog)/Three Dog Night.

“Reelin’ in the Years,” anyone?

Afternoon Delight
Spill The Wine
Bad Moon on the Rise
Stuck in the Middle With You

I think these are all '70s. I didn’t check. You wait until I start thinking about the WBLS jams!

I Shot the Sheriff- Eric Clapton
Midnight at the Oasis- Maria Muldaur
Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen
Beth- Kiss
Evil Woman- ELO

Oh, man. This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
Life in the Fast Lane - The Eagles
Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond
We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions - Queen
Rock ‘N Me - The Steve Miller Band
Saturday in the Park and Old Days - Chicago
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room - Brownsville Station
Taking Care of Business and You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group
My Sharona - The Knack
Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Get Down Tonight and That’s the Way (I Like It) - K.C. and the Sunshine Band

Not sure about “Spill” or “Bad.”

Afternoon Delight is as glossy a turd as was ever laid on the airwaves. 76 or 77 I’d say. “Stuck” is in my Rhino collection and definitely fits.

Much as I love Fleetwood Mac, and much as I’d have loved to do Stevie Nicks, “Dreams” definitely got too much air time.

After some research.

Spill the Wine-- 1970
Bad Moon Rising-- 1969
Stuck in the Middle-- 1972
Afternoon Delight-- 1976

I love Afternoon Delight. I thought it was about eating candy at lunchtime until years after it came out. The happy harmonies make me smile. Plus, it’s about doing it right in the middle of the day!

Love will Keep Us Together - Captain and Tennille
You Light up My Life -Debbie Boone

Both way over played

Joy - Apollo 100
Eres Tu - Mocedades
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree - Dawn
Bad Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce

And now, I will kill this thread with the single most-played, most hated by everyone song of the entire decade…

You Light Up My Life - Debbie Boone

Thanks, Biggirl, my cold just came back, double force! :smack:

Sadly, those were ppl that worked with John Denver. They knew how to write a decent song. Why? WHY? <cough, sneeze, cough…>> why???

I gotta think we can do better (worse?) than “You Light Up My Life,” however. Like, oh, I don’t know…“Afternoon Delight?”

The single most irritating part of that song, for me, is when they sing, “Thinkin’ of you’s working up a appetite.” Yes, “you’s” and “a appetite.” Gag me with a chainsaw!

Although if we were taking a vote, I wouldn’t veto sex in the afternoon. Or candy, for that matter.

From The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, these were the #1 hits during my senior year of high school (early Sept. 1973 through early June 1974):

Let’s Get It On- Marvin Gaye
Delta Dawn- Helen Reddy
We’re An American Band- Grand Funk
Half-Breed- Cher
Angie- The Rolling Stones
Midnight Train To Georgia- Gladys Knight & The Pips
Keep On Truckin’- Eddie Kendricks
Photograph- Ringo Starr
Top Of The World- The Carpenters
The Most Beautiful Girl- Charlie Rich
Time In A Bottle- Jim Croce
The Joker- Steve Miller Band
Show And Tell- Al Wilson
You’re Sixteen- Ringo Starr
The Way We Were- Barbra Streisand
Love’s Theme- Love Unlimited Orchestra
Seasons In The Sun- Terry Jacks
Dark Lady- Cher
Sunshine On My Shoulders- John Denver
Hooked On A Feeling- Blue Swede
Bennie And The Jets- Elton John
TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)- MFSB
The Loco-Motion- Grand Funk
The Streak- Ray Stevens
Band On The Run- Paul McCartney & Wings